Even on The Biggest Loser, contestants have weeks (and I've heard that sometimes those weeks were more like 10 days) where they lose very little, maintain or gain. One of the biggest surprises I've discovered losing weight is that it does not come off linearly but in seemingly random chunks. I weigh every day and when I lose one pound in a week, it often comes off one swoop. The other 6-10 days, I'm maintaining. So don't give up hope and congrats on your 6 pounds!
Lifestyle Adjustment Start: March 16, 2012
HW: 252 lbs (BMI 46.1) CW: 210.4 lbs (BMI 38.5) Goal: 145 lbs (BMI 26.5) or less
"It's never too late to be what you might have been." --George Elliot
Thanks, Anarie. I guess I am just being impatient. I need to rememeber that this is not The Biggest Loser :) I take solace knowing that I am still doing good things and making lasting changes, which will pay off eventually. Thanks for that added perspective!
Edited by: DOOKIEDAWL at: 5/16/2012 (15:14)
5/16/12 2:04 P
Anarie has given you some great advice. What is your SP recommended calorie range? Does your calories burned goal reflect the amount of exercise you are doing?
"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford
"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
You've lost 6 pounds in less than 3 weeks. It doesn't matter that those pounds weren't exactly evenly spread out. Weight loss doesn't happen in a straight line. And a week is not a plateau. You measure plateaus in months, not in days.
It's WAY too early to make any changes. There are many, many things that affect your daily weigh-ins that have nothing to do with food or exercise. A woman can't know how a weight control plan is working until she's been doing it for at least 56 days, and you always need to look at weight changes in 28-day intervals.
And there's no way that 1800 calories could be too few. "Starvation mode" is actually about nutrients, not calories per se, and if you're using your 1800 calories well, without any empty calories, it's very unlikely that you could end up with deficiencies. Even if you were missing out on something, it wouldn't show up this quickly.
Just remember, you've lost 6 pounds in 19 days. That's a very rapid rate of weight loss. It doesn't have to be (and won't be) distributed exactly evenly among the days and weeks.
I am a 320 LB female at 5'11". I have recently purchased a bodybugg and have found it VERY useful in tracking my calorie expendatures. I averaged a 1200 calorie deficit for the first 9 days I had it and lost 6 pounds. I am on my 3rd week now and have NOT lost another pound for 10 days, despite having upped my average calorie deficit to about 1500 daily. I am wondering if I am consuming too few calories. I average a daily intake of calories around 1800. Please advise if I need to consume more, because I feel like I am way too early into this new routine to have hit a plateau. Thanks for any suggestions :)
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